Recently, I read an article in The Chronicle of Higher Education about professors who were using technology to “kill the lecture.” For example, one professor uploads his lectures online which students have to watch before class. The professor then uses class time to have discussions, work on homework, and answer questions. This approach really turns the lecture/discussion cycle on its head which some of our students could really benefit from.
The article got me thinking about whether people are using streaming video with their classes. Sure, most of us show a YouTube video in class from time to time, but I wonder how many people are authoring content and then uploading it to share with students. This week, I thought I’d take a few moments to walk people through the process of uploading a video onto YouTube and then embedding in other locations (like Desire2Learn, for example). The process is pretty simple. You need to have a YouTube account and a video to upload, but otherwise, it’s not very challenging. There are a few important items to consider, however:
1. YouTube videos cannot be longer than 15 minutes. I know this may be challenge for some people who want to record their lectures to share online but the limit is actually a blessing in disguise. While the limit may be prompted by file size and memory, it encourages instructors to more efficiently deliver information or to chunk their presentations into smaller sections. Either way, the presentations usually benefit.
2. YouTube videos can be shared publicly or privately. One concern instructors have with uploading content online is the intellectual property of their work. While I agree that we should all be weary of losing control of our work, I also think that information should be shared more freely. YouTube provides a variety of privacy settings to allow an instructor to share their presentations with everyone (Public) or with more limited populations (Unlisted or Private). The Unlisted privacy settings works like an unlisted phone number. Only people with the web address can access the video. The video still lives online and can be embedded in other locations, but it is hidden from being found by a search engine. Private videos are only viewable by the people who have been designated viewers. The challenge with Private videos is that only 25 people can be designated as viewers.
3. Embedding is your friend. While your video may live on YouTube, it can broadcast in loads of other locations. Want to add a video to a class in Desire2Learn? You can copy the embed code and paste into D2L. You can also embed videos to a Ning, to a personal website, to a wiki or to a blog. YouTube does the heavy lifting by storing and broadcasting the video, but you control where the presentation occurs.
For a short tutorial that walks through the process of uploading and embedding videos through YouTube, be sure to check out the video below.